Occupational Therapy (BS/MS)

Occupational Therapy
HEGIS Number: 1201/1208

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Career Description

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association American Occupational Therapy Association, (retrieved April 24, 2006, from www.aota.org/featured/area6/index.asp), Occupational Therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives.

Mission Statement

To provide entry-level professional skills in occupational therapy to a diverse urban population through evidence based education, fieldwork, and community experiences. Graduates will be prepared to grow as passionate engaged learners, growing in intellectual potential, contributing and participating in the profession through direct service delivery, management of service delivery, and research. Educational Goals The OT Program will prepare students to:

  • Be active learners who utilize analysis and synthesis for critical thinking. Students will become self-aware, innovative, able to handle ambiguity and conflict and develop creative problem solving skills.
  • Develop effective oral and written communication skills for collaborating with clients, colleagues, and families in a variety of contexts.
  • Identify evaluate and apply research that supports practice decisions.
  • Be lifelong learners who participate in and contribute to professional organizations and activities.
  • Develop sound ethical practices and behaviors as practitioners, consultants, educators, researchers and administrators.
  • Understand and intervene in social policies, communities, organizations, groups and individuals.
  • Be role models who demonstrate a commitment to the college, community and the profession.

Program Philosophy

The York College Mission, in the language and form of an educational philosophy, states: "York College enriches lives and enables students to grow as passionate engaged learners with confidence to realize their intellectual and human potential as individuals and global citizens." The York Mission is consistent with the Occupational Therapy Program at York College, in that these two lines of though emphasize the complexity and dynamic nature of human beings as they learn and develop. Human beings are constantly interacting in different environments through participation in occupations. Participation in occupations fosters adaptation and new learning, which leads the individual toward self-awareness and understanding as global citizens. This dynamic participation in learning enables individuals to develop the necessary intellectual potential and skills for maturation and self-actualization.

The occupational therapy faculty believes that learning is a collaborative process with students as active and engaged participants. The faculty will provide the varied contexts for learning experiences through both meaningful activities and didactic instruction. The students become increasingly self-directed in their movement through the program. The collaboration between faculty and students builds upon their prior academic knowledge and integrates new knowledge. Further, this collaboration facilitates clinical reasoning and self-reflection. The outcome of this process is a graduate who can synthesize their clinical and academic experiences. These graduates go on to improve the lives of individuals, and the communities they live in, with occupational therapy services.

Our goals for our graduates are consistent with both the York College values and the AOTA vision. We see our graduates as they go out into the workforce as culturally diverse critical thinkers who will continue to engage in ongoing learning, continue to improve their skills, and contribute to the growth of the profession in practice and/or research in their communities, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Curriculum Design

The curriculum design of York College CUNY Occupational Therapy Program is based on the interaction of content knowledge concepts and occupational therapy process concepts. It is our belief that the interaction of these delineates the substance and the process of what occupational therapists know and do. Furthermore, the matrix of these interactions serves as an organizer for the relationship between the courses in our curriculum and the content within them.

Knowledge Concepts

Foundations. Foundational knowledge includes introductory factual and conceptual knowledge related to client factors (e.g., body structures, body functions, values, beliefs), performance skills (e.g., sensory, motor, emotional, cognitive) and patterns (e.g., habits, routines), performance contexts and environments (e.g., cultural, personal, physical), activity demands (e.g., objects properties, space demands, social demands), areas of occupation (e.g., activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, work, education, play), ethics, social justice, clinical management and clinical research.

Skills. Skills build on foundational knowledge, and include the acquisition and practice of cognitive operations necessary for problem identification and problem resolution, clinical reasoning, as well as analysis of clinical and research data; procedural skills necessary for analyzing and sequencing client task performance, administering assessments and interventions, eliciting adaptive responses, implementing activities using effective strategies; affective skills necessary for engaging and enabling client collaboration in the occupational therapy process, receiving and responding to feedback, valuing perspectives of others, weighing ethical issues, and therapeutic use of self; motor skills necessary for assisting clients, constructing and adjusting client devices, administering assessments and interventions, and arranging and adapting the physical environment.

Applications. Applied knowledge includes the integration of foundational knowledge and skills, using multiple theoretical approaches (e.g., developmental, motor learning, cognitive-behavioral, prevention) for implementing the occupational therapy process for clients, populations and organizations using various service delivery models (e.g., consultation, rehabilitation, home health, outpatient, community health), with sensitivity for cultural contexts, and social justice. Application also includes analysis and evaluation of client progress, new knowledge acquired from the research literature, and ethical issues associated with the occupational therapy process.

AOTA Commission on Practice. (2008). Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process, 2nd ed., AJOT, 62, 625-683. Anderson, L.W., & Krathwohl, D. R. (2001). A taxonomy for learning, teaching, and assessing: A revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. New York: Longman.

The Occupational Therapy Process

Evaluation. Evaluation includes selecting appropriate methods and measures to screen and evaluate individual clients, client populations, environments, and communities for the purpose of identifying occupational problems and potential resolutions. Evaluation also involves the appropriate administration and interpretation of selected tools and methods of assessment, including but not limited to observation, standardized testing and interviews. Evaluation includes measurement and documentation of change.

Intervention. Intervention includes the selection (based on activity analysis) and implementation of preparatory methods (e.g., sensory enrichment, instruction, orthotics), purposeful activities (e.g., practices, rehearses), and occupation-based tasks (e.g., prepares lunch, completes job application) which are meaningful to the client and consistent with the client's goals. Intervention can also include consultation, education and advocacy.

Outcomes. Outcomes for the individual client must be based on appropriate, reliable and valid measures. Outcomes can also focus on a population, or organization. Outcomes most commonly address occupational performance, participation, quality of life, as well as occupational justice. AOTA Commission on Practice. (2008). Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process, 2nd ed., AJOT, 62, 625-683.

Accreditation and Credentials

  1. The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA.
  2. The BS/MS in Occupational Therapy is conferred when the Occupational Therapy Program requirements are fulfilled, including successful completion of all Occupational Therapy Major Discipline requirements, in addition to York College's General Education Requirements for the Bachelor of Health Science Degree.
  3. Certification: Upon completion of all requirements, the graduate is permitted to sit for the Certification Examination of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.
  4. Licensure: Upon completion of all requirements, the graduate is permitted to apply to New York State for licensure as a Registered Occupational Therapist.

Please note: A felony conviction may preclude an individual from taking the certifying examination and obtaining a license to practice.

Eligibility for Screening into Upper Level Occupational Therapy Program

  • Completion of a minimum of 56-60 college credits and application for matriculated student status at York College.
  • Completion and documentation of at least 50 hours of volunteer work in an Occupational Therapy setting.
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.9
  • Completion of all college and pre-major OT-specific prerequisite course requirements, with a minimum grade of C in the following courses (taken within the past 10 years):
    • Biology 201 and 202 OR Biology 234 and 235
    • Chemistry 106 and 107 OR Chemistry 108 and 109
    • Math 111 (or any college level statistics course)
    • Physics 140 o Psychology 102
    • Psychology 214 OR Psychology 215 and 216 o Psychology 338
    • Sociology 101

Note: Please note that in order to be eligible for admission to the OT program at York, you must also apply and be accepted for matriculation at York College. All General Education Requirements and OT specific prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring semester in which the student applies for screening. Please note that only ONE of these Spring courses can be a Natural Science course.

Occupational Therapy BS/MS


Required Core

ENG125 English Composition I: Introduction to College Writing 
ENG126 English Composition II: 
MATH111 Introduction to Statistics & Probability 
CHEM106 Essentials of College Chemistry  3.5 
CHEM107 Essentials of College Chemistry Laboratory  1.5 
CHEM108 Principles of Chemistry I  3.5 
CHEM109 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory  1.5 

Flexible Core

ANTH101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology 
SOC101 Introductory Sociology 
and one course from the following Creative Expression  
HIST204 Contemporary America 
BIO201 Biological Principles 
BIO234 Anatomy and Physiology I 

College Options

HE111 Personal Health Issues 
WRIT303 Research and Writing for Professional Programs 
6 credits in Foreign Language

OT Pre requisites

PSY214 Lifespan Development for Health Professionals 
PSY215 Human Development I: Infancy/Childhood 
PSY216 Human Development II: Adlescence/Maturity 
BIO202 Biological Principles 
BIO235 Anatomy and Physiology I 
PHYS140 The Physical Universe 

Major Discipline Requirements

OT313 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy 
OT315 Functional Human Anatomy 
OT316 Functional Human Physiology 
OT318 Clinical Kinesiology 
OT319 Common Medical Conditions 
OT321 Occupational Analysis 
OT322 Occupations Through the Life Span 
OT403 Advanced Occupational Analysis 
OT411 Occupational Therapy Process I: Pediatric Intervention 
OT417 Research Methods  3.5 
OT423 Collaboration in Occupational Therapy 
OT432 Neuroscience  3.5 
OT504 Advanced Neuroscience 
OT505 Occupational Therapy Process I: Physical Intervention 
OT506 Occupational Therapy Process II: Physical Intervention 
OT508 Occupational Therapy Process I: Psychosocial Intervention 
OT509 509 Occupational Therapy Process II: Psychosocial Intervention (WI) 
OT513 Systems Management 
OT517 Research Design 
OT518 Research Seminar I 
OT519 Research Seminar II 
OT522 Research Seminar IV 
OT523 Use of Orthotics in Occupational Therapy 
OT524 Use of Physical Agent Modalities in Occupational Therapy Practice 
OT641 Fieldwork II Occupational Therapy Practice I 
OT642 Fieldwork II Occupational Therapy Practice II 
OT643 Capstone Community Experience 
OT644 Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory & Practice 
OT645A Occupational Therapy Practice 
OT645B Occupational Therapy Practice 
OT647 Assistive Technology 

Screening Procedures for Occupational Therapy Program

  1. Screening takes place during the Spring semester for Fall acceptance into the program.
  2. Students can download the Occupational Therapy program application from the department's website, or can request a hard copy from the department's office.
  3. Proof of application/acceptance to York College for transfer students.
  4. York College transcript, or York College evaluation of transfer credits for students transferring into York College.

Acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Program

Approval by the Occupational Therapy Screening Committee. This committee bases its recommendation on the following screening criteria:

  1. Department of Occupational Therapy Application and two specific letters of reference.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist.
  3. Minimum grade point average of 2.80 and required courses.
  4. On site writing sample composed on a computer. Applicants are not considered accepted into the program until they receive a letter of acceptance from the Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Applicants are not considered accepted into the program until they receive a letter of acceptance from the Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

All Occupational Therapy courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence.

The Occupational Therapy BS/MS Degree takes three and a half (3.5) academic years to complete. The program consists of 84 specialized occupational therapy credits, spread over seven (7) semesters.

Course Sequence  
Third Year:
Fall credits
OT313 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy 3
OT315 Functional Human Anatomy / Lecture 4
Functional Human Anatomy / Lab
OT322 Occupation Through the Life Span 3
OT321 Occupational Analysis 3
OT316 Functional Human Physiology / Lecture 4
Functional Human Physiology / Lab
OT318 Clinical Kinesiology / Lecture 4
Clinical Kinesiology / Lab
OT319 Common Medical Conditions 3
OT423 Integration of Collaboration 4
in Occupational Therapy
Fourth Year:
OT403 Advanced Occupational Analysis 3
OT432 Neuroscience 3.5
OT417 Research Methods 3.5
OT411 Occupational Therapy Process I: Pediatric Intervention 4
OT446 Independent Study of Selected Topics in Occupational Therapy 3*
OT504 Advanced Neuroscience 3
OT505 Occupational Therapy Process I: Physical Intervention 4
OT508 Occupational Therapy Process I: Psychosocial Intervention 4
OT517 Research Design 3
OT518 Research Seminar I 1
Fifth Year:
OT506 Occupational Therapy Process II: Physical Intervention 4
OT509 (WI) Occupational Therapy Process II: Psychosocial Intervention 4
OT513 Systems Management 3
OT519 Research Seminar II 1
OT523 Use of Othotics 1
OT524 Use of Physical Agent Modalites 1
OT646 Independent Study of Selected Topics in Occupational Therapy 3*
OT641 Fieldwork II (Full-time Internship Experience) 1
Occupational Therapy Practice I
OT642 Fieldwork II (Full-time Internship Experience) Occupational Therapy Practice II 1
Sixth Year:
OT522 Research Seminar IV 2
OT643 Capstone Community Experience 4
OT644 Advanced OT Theory and Practice 3
OT645A or OT645B Occupational Therapy Practice Seminar 3
OT647 Assistive Technology 2
OT total credits in the major required for the BS/MS 84
* Not required for graduation  

Promotion and Retention:

Completion of the course of study approved by the student's occupational therapy faculty advisor. Completion of courses in specified sequence, good academic standing in the College and in the Occupational Therapy Program and completion of Master's level project is required for graduation.

Program Standards:

Students will also be required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.80 in each semester of their undergraduate coursework (300 and 400 level courses) per semester and 3.0 in each semester of their graduate coursework (500 and 600 level courses) per semester. Students who fall below these minimum requirements will be placed on academic probation and will be given one semester to raise their GPA to minimum standards. A failure to raise the GPA to minimum standards will be considered grounds for dismissal from the OT program. In addition, being placed on academic probation for any two semesters during the 3.5 years of the professional curriculum will be grounds for dismissal.

*Students will not be allowed to transition from the BS to the MS component of the program with an academic deficit (overall GPA for 300 and 400 level courses must be 2.80).

*Students will not be eligible to graduate with an academic deficit (overall GPA for 500 and 600 level courses must be 3.0)

Course Standards for Retention:

The lowest acceptable grade for Occupational Therapy course is a "C". Students who receive below a "C" grade must repeat the course. Students will have only one opportunity to repeat any course.

A grade of "D" or below in any two courses within the 3.5-year curriculum, or failure of two courses in one semester, constitutes grounds for dismissal from the occupational therapy program. Two failures of Level II Fieldwork constitute grounds for dismissal from the program.

Continuing review by the Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Selection committee.

The Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Selection Committee may dismiss a student from the program due to any infraction(s) of the Rules of Student Conduct on Campus or a breach of Occupational Therapy Ethics. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, the use of drugs, and / or other activities mentioned under the Guide for Student Development.

Length of time in program

Students who are accepted into the Occupational Therapy program for the BS/MS degree have five and a half (5.5) academic years to complete the program. All Fieldwork Level II experiences must be completed within 12 months of completing academic coursework. Please note that Fieldwork Level I experiences cannot be substituted for Fieldwork Level II experiences.

Please Note: In the event of dismissal from the program due to any of the items (1 - 4) mentioned above, the student has the right of appeal, first to the Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Selection Committee, and second, to the York College Academic Standards Committee. The student must come before the Committees in order to continue in the program. Students who enroll in a semester for OT 641 and 642 will be considered as registered for a full-time program.

* The OT course sequence, credit allotment and curriculum organization are subject to change.

Department of Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Sites

Avalon Gardens Rehab & Healthcare Center Makes Sense! OT, SLP
Barrier Free Living Manhattan Psychiatric Center
Bellevue Hospital Center Mercy Medical Center
Beth Israel Medical Center Metropolitan Hospital Center
Brookdale University Medical Center Montefiore Medical Center
Brooklyn Community Medical New York State Psychiatric Institute
Brooklyn Hospital Center NYU - Rusk Institute for Rehab Medicine
Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Omni Childhood Center/Omni Rehab
Changing Lives OT Ozanam Hall Nursing Home
Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital Playworks
Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Positive Beginnings
Coney Island Hospital PRN Rehabilitation Network
Cooke Center for Learning and Development Preferred Therapy Solutions
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center ProTherapy Rehabilitation
Elmhurst Hospital Center Queensboro Occupational Therapy
EuroFitness Pediatric Rehab Center Queens Boulevard Extended Care Facility
Faye Grand Hand Therapy Center Queens Hospital Center
Franklin Hospital Center Selfhelp Community Services
Gersh Academy Sensory Street Pediatric OT
Glen Cove Hospital Shorefront Center for Rehabilitation and Care
Greater Harlem Nursing Home Staten Island University Hospital
Harlem Hospital Center Steppingstones Day School
HeartShare Human Services The Summit School
Henry Street Settlement SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center These Our Treasures
Jamaica Hospital Nursing Home Transitions of Long Island
James J. Peters Medical Center UCP of Nassau County
Jewish Home & Hospital United Physical Therapy
Kassimir Hand Therapy VA New York Harbor Healthcare System
Kidz Therapy Services Village Care of New York
Kings Harbor Multicare Center Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Kingsbrook Medical Center Watch Me Grow
Lavelle School for the Blind Weaving Hand
Lawrence Hospital Center Woodward Children's Center
Lutheran Medical Center Zucker Hillside Hospital

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